DRUG DEALER SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS

(Walhalla, SC.) Steven Ranslow Allison was found guilty by an Oconee County jury Tuesday of Distribution of Methamphetamine, 3rd Offense. The Honorable Roger Couch sentenced Allison to 25 years in prison.

On July 15, 2013, narcotics agents with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office made a controlled buy to purchase methamphetamine from Steven Allison. The Anderson/Oconee Regional Forensics Lab confirmed that the substance which was purchased was meth. The sale of the drugs by the defendant was vencaptured on both video and audio surveillance. 

 

“The defendant will now spend the next quarter of a century in prison, as he should,” stated Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “This is his third offense. It is clear that habitual offenders such as Allison are a true menace to our society and lack any regard for the tremendous toll these drugs take on our community. We are very happy with the verdict and the sentence.”

 

FOSTER SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS

 

 (Anderson, SC). Christopher Don Foster pled guilty today in Anderson General Sessions Court to Child Neglect and Involuntary Manslaughter. The Honorable Brooks Goldsmith sentenced Foster to 10 years on Child Neglect and 5 years on Involuntary Manslaughter with the sentences to be served consecutively.

On June 8, 2012, 8-month old Leon Samuel Foster was at home under the care of his father, the defendant. Foster told investigators at that time that he had been feeding the child and fallen asleep. He woke up and the child had become wedged in the chair, unable to breath. The coroner, Brett Woodard, ruled the death was accidental at that time. Under SC law, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Department of Child Fatalities was contacted and the investigation continued. In February of 2013, during an interview with a SLED agent, Foster admitted to causing the death of the child and demonstrated on video how it had happened. The child had been crying for a while and Foster could not get him to stop. He pressed and held the child tightly to his chest for several minutes to stop him from crying. When he realized the child wasn’t breathing, he placed the child in his bed. When the child’s mother arrived and found the baby unresponsive, 911 was called.

“It is a parent’s sacred responsibility to care for and protect their children,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “Mr. Foster clearly failed to live up to that responsibility. While nothing can bring Leon back, Judge Goldsmith’s sentence, the maximum allowed by law, ensures that justice is served.”

CAMPBELL PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD MOLESTATION

September 18, 2014

(Anderson, SC) . Following a day of pre-trial motions on Wednesday and in the midst of the trial, Daniel Campbell pled guilty to one count of Criminal Sexual Conduct, Third Degree with a Minor. The Honorable Donald Hocker sentenced Campbell to 10 years suspended to 5 years in prison with 2 years’ probation to follow. Campbell will be required to register as a sex offender.  

 

Between March 29th and April 7th of 2013, Campbell took a six year-old child into a storage shed and locked the door. The defendant then began to touch the child on the outside of her clothing and exposed himself to her. Another child was outside the shed and, although unable to enter, was able to see what happened through a crack in the door. Both children testified during pre-trial hearings and again during the trial. Campbell confessed to law enforcement.  

 

“Both the victim and the witness in this horrible case have been extremely brave throughout the entire investigation and court process,” stated Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “The defendant’s crime was a despicable act. Thanks to the bravery of these two young girls, he will now have to accept responsibility for his actions.” 

 

RAMPOLLA SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS

 

September 16, 2014

 (Anderson, SC). Shortly before opening arguments began today, Robert Rampolla pled guilty in Anderson General Sessions Court to shooting Theresa Williams in August of 2013. The Honorable Donald Hocker sentenced Rampolla to 10 years for Voluntary Manslaughter and 5 years for the Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime. The sentences are to be served concurrently. Due to the advanced age of the defendant, Judge Hocker stated that even a 10-year sentence was essentially a death sentence. Rampolla is 77 years old.  

 

On August 7th of 2013, Robert Rampolla and his girlfriend, Theresa Williams, were sitting in his van in the parking lot of the Little General on Anderson Street.  A witness, who knew both Rampolla and Ms. Williams, heard two shots while she was inside the Little General. When the witness went outside, she saw Rampolla and Ms. Williams, both of whom she was familiar with, in Mr. Rampolla’s van.  The witness then called 911. When EMS and law enforcement arrived, they found the defendant had shot himself in the face and Theresa Williams had died as a result of a gunshot wound to the head. Rampolla confessed to his actions to officers prior to his arrest.